Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi: The migration pressure in Europe will continue through 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi said the migration pressure in Europe was expected to continue through 2016 and the Hungarian government must prepare to further strengthen border protection.

The chief adviser held a press-conference on Monday in Budapest summing up this year's migration related measures the government has taken to protect the borders of the country from illegal immigrants.

Bakondi noted that in 2015, one and a half million illegal migrants arrived in Europe, of which 400 thousand passed through Hungary.

An increasing number of migrants turned out to be connected to various terrorist organizations; this undeniable fact might increase anti-migration sentiments among European citizens said Bakondi.

He stressed that while between 2010 and 2014 less than 50 thousand migrants passed through Hungary; this number has increased to 400 thousand this year.

Migrants came from more than 100 countries; most of them, 158 thousand declared themselves Syrian, 73 thousand Afghan, while in 36 thousand cases the nationality of the migrants couldn't be determined.

Bakondi speculated that after the closure of the Slovenian border, migrants might look for new routes to come to the European Union; one of them could be through Romania - for the time being, Romania determined to protect its borders. If however, migrants start to arrive to the Hungarian-Romanian border in large numbers, the Hungarian government will act immediately and introduce similar border measures it has introduced at the southern border this summer warned the chief advisor of the prime minister.



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